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KSLA Salutes: Security Forces at Barksdale AFB

SrA Morgan Watson on patrol on Barksdale AFB/ Source: KSLA News 12 SrA Morgan Watson on patrol on Barksdale AFB/ Source: KSLA News 12

They are the first and last people you see on base, members of the Air Force Security Forces guard the base from all possible dangers. 

"There isn't anything that happens on the base without security forces being involved," said Security Forces Manager, Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt), Garrett Langston. "We have a diverse mission here at Barksdale, we secure the largest bomb wing in the Air Force with 48 B-52s assigned, along with a fairly robust law-enforcement mission securing 22,000-acre insulation."

Their goal, to keep the people, planes, base, weapons, and surrounding area safe. 

"We vet every person that enters the installation by using scanners that check their credentials," said Senior Airman (SrA), Morgan Watson. "We have our visitor centers that check their vehicle credentials and were also on the flight line. We basically secure every asset on this installation."

They are the base's first line of defense, and despite the enormous amount of responsibility, SrA Watson says she can't image doing anything else. 

"It's a lot of responsibility but I actually enjoy it very much," she continued. "I don't want to do the same thing every day I don't want to be behind a desk. I like being outdoors, I like interacting with people. The people itself make this job worth it."

"They are out there doing the job 24/7 regardless of what the weather conditions are outside, regardless of if it's the middle of August and 115° heat index or the frigid months in January when we get down into the low 30s and everybody is bundled up type of thing, but they are out there," explained Langston.

These men and women are the base's first response to disasters, man-made or natural. 

"If you look at the totality of the mission here it can seem a bit daunting, but when you look at the airmen that are standing out at the gate and the job that they do, and then you move to the law enforcement patrols and then out to the flight line in the patrols that are out there and each has their own specific mission assigned," explained Langston.

"They all work together that tie into the overall integrated defense to keep all of the folks that are coming on and off base, and that live here every single day and work here every single day secure."

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